Our Case Stuides

Hotel

WC1E Gower St

Client Savings:
£32,946.91

CPRA were able to prove that the main rate for a double bedroom en-suite should be reduced from £5,000 to £3,950. Reducing the RV from £58,500 to £55,500.

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Guest House

EX14, Yarcombe

Client Savings:
£43,356.59

The property experienced a substantial increase in their Rateable Value, upon inspection, CPRA appealed the value per single bed space and reduced the RV from£24,750 to £12,000. The property was then eligible for Small Business Rates Relief, bringing the total rates payable to zero.

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Pub

E17, Orford

Client Savings:
£38,031.99

CPRA looked over profit and loss accounts of the pub, noting that the VOA had adopted a Fair Maintainable Trade far higher than the actual trade produced by the pub. CPRA submitted a challenge, resulting in a reduction in rateable value from £71,100 to £54,250.

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Personal Garage

NW1 Wilmot Place

Client Savings:
£19,410.59

CPRA conducted an inspection of the full premises, finding that a garage used for personal use was wrongfully included in the assessment. CPRA split the assessment to leave the garage as an individual assessment and claimed Small Business Rates Relief on the garage reducing the properties overall rateable value as well as leaving the Garage with no rates payable.

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Hotel

CM22, Elsenham

Client Savings:
£8,486.71

Upon inspection of the hotel, CPRA found the physical aspects of the property to be correct on the VOA’s records, however the VOA had adopted a Fair Maintainable Turnover far higher than the available trade in the area. CPRA lodged an appeal, and the VOA reduced the rateable value of the assessment.

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Hotel

BB11, Rosehill Avenue

Client Savings:
£11,098.65

Upon inspection, CPRA found that the assessment of the Hotel was excessive and therefore made an appeal that the rateable value should be reduced. The rateable value was reduced from £43,250 to £35,250.

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Hotel

RH11, Charlwood Road

Client Savings:
£50,102.31

CPRA took an in-depth look into the profit and loss accounts of the hotel and found the VOA had adopted a Fair Maintainable Turnover that was in excess of the actual turnover of the hotel. The assessment was appealed by CPRA and the rateable value reduced.

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Laboratories

CB22, Babraham Campus

Client Savings:
£44,007.00

The client had surrendered liability for part of the property, but this had not been reflected in the rateable value as the property was assessed as one big assessment.CPRA split the assessment, reducing the rateable value significantly.

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Wine Bar

NR32, Bridge Road

Client Savings:
£15,774.98

CPRA took an in-depth look into the profit and loss accounts of the bar and found the VOA had adopted a Fair Maintainable Turnover that was far higher than the actual turnover of the bar. The assessment was appealed by CPRA and the rateable value reduced.

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Workshop

BN5, Dagbrook Lane

Client Savings:
£32,912.00

CPRA conducted a thorough inspection of the property and concluded that the property was valued too high due to the nature of the property. CPRA submitted a challenge to the VOA resulting in a rateable value reduction from £17,000 to £8,600, leaving the property eligible for Small Business Rates Relief, and therefore with zero rates payable.

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Wellness Centre

KT17, East Street

Client Savings:
£47.346.00

Upon analysis of the detailed valuation, it was clear that the client had been refused retail relief due to being wrongfully described as a medical practice only. CPRA put together a case to the local authority and managed to secure retail relief for 2020-23. 

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Office

W6 Hammersmith

Client Savings:
£52,018.96

The client had two assessments in the rating list that were being occupied as one property. CPRA merged the properties to reduce the annual liability. Upon inspection, CPRA also found irregularities with the VOA’s floor area measurements. CPRA appealed and reduced the floor areas securing a refund of £11,235 in addition to the savings of £40,783.96 which were produced by the merge.

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Holiday Home

EX35 Devon

Client Savings:
£30,837.83

Our client owned and occupied two properties that were being occupied as one property. Both properties had relatively small rateable values but our client was not in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR). CPRA decided to merge the properties to reduce the rateable value(s). The two properties were merged and reduced, which qualified our client for SBRR as well as backdated business rates refunds.

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Holiday Home

TA24 Somerset

Client Savings:
£5,694.52

Upon analysis of the valuation, CPRA found errors with the values adopted throughout the valuation. A more appropriate value was given to the hereditament to reflect the characteristics of the building. The rateable value was reduced to £11,000, below the small business rates relief threshold, leaving the client with £0 rates payable.

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High Street Shop

N22 Wood Green

Client Savings:
£53,041.23

Originally the main rate per square metre was set at £1,555 for this high street retailer. CPRA inspected the property and took photos in order to put a case across to the Valuation Office that the property was valued too high. The value per square metre was dropped to £1,035 and backdated securing the clients a refund and savings for the future.

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Letting Agency

N7 Hornsey Rd

Client Savings:
£50,479.36

CPRA conducted a thorough inspection of this property but found no irregularities with the value or floor areas adopted by the Valuation Office. That said, the building had been listed as an office when in fact the property is being used as a letting agency which qualifies for expanded retail relief whereas an office would not. Therefore, CPRA changed the property description and applied for retail rate relief on behalf of the client.

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Office

N7 Holloway Rd

Client Savings:
£15,618.92

Originally the client was paying over £5,000 per annum in business rates and had been for the past three years. CPRA inspected the property and subsequently put in an application for Small Business Rates Relief on behalf of the ratepayer. The application was successful and zero rates payable was secured on behalf of the client in addition to a refund for their previous years of occupation.

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Hotel

36 Earl's Court

Client Savings:
£5,267.81

The property has experienced a significantly increased Rateable Value effective from 1st April 2017. A check was lodged by CPRA, arguing that the assessment was excessive and should be reduced as the adopted rate per bed double bed unit does not take into account the fair maintainable turnover of the hotel.

This resulted in a rateable value reduction from £36,500 to £24,750.

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Hotel

49 Earl's Court Sq

Client Savings:
£49,258.12

The property has experienced a significantly increased Rateable Value effective from 1st April 2017. A check was lodged by CPRA, arguing that the assessment was excessive and should be reduced as the adopted rate per bed double bed unit does not take into account the fair maintainable turnover of the hotel.

This resulted in a rateable value reduction from £106,000 to £67,000.

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Hotel

Barnsdale Lodge

Client Savings:
£46,416.50

Upon inspection, CPRA found that the property was over assessed and the VOA had adopted an excessive fair maintainable turnover and held incorrect survey data.

A check was lodged to the VOA arguing that the assessment was excessive and should be reduced reflecting the correct survey data and in line with the actual turnover of the hotel while reflecting its physical disabilities.

This resulted in a rateable value reduction from £176,000 to £157,500.

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Holiday Home

Berry House

Client Savings:
£52,866.00

The valuation method adopted by the Valuation Office was based on a broad scheme for a built-up area but did not take into account the remote and rural area of this particular hereditament. Therefore, the RV was reduced from £18,000 to £10,750, lowering the value below the SBRR (Small Business Rates Relief) threshold, leaving zero rates payable for the client.

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Restaurant

Bountiful Cow

Client Savings:
£20,509.10

Upon analysis of past trade data and leasehold details, CPRA appealed the case under the grounds of hardship. Subsequently, the RV was reduced from £56,000 to £50,000.

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Guest House

Central Victorian House

Client Savings:
£10,778.20

After inspecting the guest house and taking more appropriate measurements of the floor area, a check was lodged to the VOA arguing that the assessment was excessive and should be reduced as the survey data was not accurate. This resulted in a rateable value reduction from £16,250 to £10,000.

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Hotel

Cromwell International

Client Savings:
£89,735.12

The property has experienced a significantly increased Rateable Value effective from 1st April 2017. A check was lodged by CPRA, arguing that the assessment was excessive and should be reduced as the adopted rate per bed double bed unit does not take into account the fair maintainable turnover of the hotel.

This resulted in a rateable value reduction from £232,000 to £147,000.

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Guest House

Lampton Guest House

Client Savings:
£16,726.81

CPRA were able to prove that the main rate for a double bedroom should be reduced from £3,800 to £2,800. Reducing the RV from £57,000 to £42,750.

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Guest House

Lawford Hill Farm

Client Savings:
£25,851.00

The property had experienced a substantial increase in Rateable Value in the 2017 rating list.  A check was lodged by CPRA, to the VOA, arguing that the assessment was excessive and should be reduced. This resulted in a rateable value reduction from £26,250 to£15,750.

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Car Showroom

P.H. Lawden

Client Savings:
£9,842.44

By Lodging an appeal for a reduction on car parking spaces, CPRA were able to reduce the rateable value from £13,000 to £10,250, lowering the value below the SBRR (Small Business Rates Relief) threshold, leaving zero rates payable for the client.

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Study

QFI

Client Savings:
£44,565.54

Upon inspection of the offices, a more accurate floor area survey, determined by CPRA, was applied to the property, resulting in a rateable value reduction from £68,500 to £46,000.

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Study

Silver Arrow Systems

Client Savings:
£35,260.80

Property was split into two separate assessments. Reducing the RV from £73,000 to £41,000.

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Nursery

St. Peters Day Nursery

Client Savings:
£34,051.12

The property has experienced a significantly increased Rateable Value effective from 1st April 2017. A challenge was lodged by CPRA, arguing that the assessment was excessive and should be reduced in line with the 2018rent on the property and comparable assessments.

This resulted in a rateable value reduction from £43,750 to £24,750.

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Pub

The White Hart

Client Savings:
£35,423.31

Upon inspection, CPRA concluded that the property was significantly over assessed and the VOA had adopted a significantly excessive fair maintainable turnover and the assessment did not reflect the high quality nature of the operation.

A check was lodged to the VOA arguing that the assessment was excessive and should be reduced in line with the achievable turnover of the property.

This resulted in a rateable value reduction from £82,000 to £63,000.

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Retail Showroom

Withey Carpets

Client Savings:
£55,624.33

Upon inspection, CPRA concluded that the property was significantly over assessed and the VOA had adopted a significantly excessivemain space price.

A challenge was lodged to the VOA disputing the main space price adopted.

This resulted in a rateable value reduction from £69,500 to £50,000.

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